• Become an Early Childhood Educator: School-age

    Do you want to become an early childhood educator who supports children from kindergarten through age eight in early childhood classrooms? Delaware offers many ways to earn certification based on the type of position you want. See below for each position's requirements.

    Related: See requirements for becoming an early childhood educator in birth to pre-kindergarten settings.


    School-Age Intern

    Performs direct child care functions and related duties at a school-age center. Works under the supervision of at least a school-age site coordinator or school-age site assistant who is designated as responsible for the school-age center. Works under direct observation of at least a school-age site assistant. Can be alone with children as specified in regulations.

    Option A:

    Must be at least 16 years of age, and

    Successfully complete

    1. At least three college or university credits in recreation, elementary education, school-age care, or school-age administration

    or

    2. At least 15 clock hours of quality assured training in school-age care. No additional experience necessary.

    Option B:

    Must be at least 15 years of age, and

    Currently attending

    a vocational or technical high school three-year program in early childhood education

    or

    a traditional high school’s career pathway program in early childhood with verification of enrollment.

    No additional experience necessary.


    School-Age Site Assistant

    Performs direct childcare functions and related duties at a school-age center. Assists in the implementation of curriculum. Works under the supervision of at least a school-age site coordinator. May supervise school-age interns, school-age aides, volunteers, and substitutes.

    Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the Delaware Department of Education and one of the options below:

    Option A:

    Three (3) college credits in recreation, elementary education, school-age care, or school-age administration.

    A minimum of one (1) year of part time experience from September to June providing education/care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting.

    Option B:

    45 clock hours of quality assured training in school-age care.

    Three (3) months of full time experience over one summer session providing education/care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting.

    Option C:

    15 clock hours of quality assured training in school-age care.

    Two (2) years of part time experience providing education/care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting

    or

    One (1) year of full time experience providing education/care to children kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting

    or

    Two (2) summer sessions of full time employment providing education/care to children kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting.


    School-Age Site Coordinator

    Performs direct childcare functions and related duties at a school-age center and is immediately responsible for the day-to-day operations, direct care, supervision, guidance, and education of the children. Works under the supervision of the school-age administrator. Implements curriculum and daily activities for children. Also develops and evaluates curriculum and monitors implementation of curriculum when assigned. May supervise school-age site assistants, school-age interns, school-age aides, volunteers, and substitutes.

    Must be at least 20 years of age and have a high school diploma or its equivalent recognized by the Delaware Department of Education, and

    1. Twelve (12) college credits from a regionally accredited institution in recreation, elementary education, school-age care, or school-age administration and six (6) months of full-time experience to include 5000 hours working with children kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting

    or

    2. Six (6) college credits from a regionally accredited institution in recreation, elementary education, school-age care, or school-age administration, and 72-hour school-age bundle, and six (6) months work experience to include 500 hours working with children kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting

    or

    3. 72-hour school-age bundle and twelve (12) months work experience with children kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting.


    School-Age Administrator

    Has direct or supervisory responsibility for the school-age center’s total program of services provided to children and their families including, when applicable, the administrative aspects. The school-age administrator approves curriculum and may develop and evaluate curriculum as well as implement or monitor implementation of curriculum and daily activities for children. Supervises all school-age staff.

    Must be at least 21 years of age, and

    Have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to include fifteen (15) college credits in school-age content with 3 credits from each of the following areas:

    • child development/learning
    • environment/curriculum
    • social-emotional development
    • observation/assessment
    • school-age elective

    Must have a minimum of twelve (12) months of experience (to include 1,000 hours) working with children kindergarten through sixth grade in a group setting.

Last Modified on July 17, 2019